London is the worlds most sparkling and merry town when it comes to christmas and new years eves celebrations.
The britons do know how to maximise and enjoy the festivities, and I just came back from London with a handful of new, glittering ideas and insider adresses.
Lightnings, decorations and festivities take off already early November, with the traditional Oxford Street Lighs switch-on.
Don’t miss the glowing and shining angels at Regent Street, exploding stars at Bond Street, sparkling fairy tale-decorations in Seven Dials, Covent Garden and the Norwegian tree at Trafalgar Square, where you may also enjoy Christmas Carols by various Choirs.
This year, the tree itself is somewhat tired and weary though. But that is hardly visible, thanks to all the lightning and decoration covering the rare and slender branches.
I have gathered the warmest and cosiest fire places, winter rooftop bars, hotels, pubs and restaurants – and there are still a few rooms left to book in some of the hotels, for those who wish to celebrate this year.
Start with booking your hotel. Both Covent Garden Hotel, 41 hotel and Chiltern Firehouse have wonderful libraries and lounges with decorations, christmas trees, open fireplaces, mulled wine and minced pies.
If your budget is strained, try price worthy Sloane Square Hotel in the very chic surroundings of Chelsea, close to Harrods, where the whole warehouse is wrapped in as a gift and in full christmas splendour.
Then go ice skating at Somerset House, buy turkey and stilton cheese at Borough Market and then relax in one of the most beautiful and stylish pubs I have ever seen: The old Bank of England, or cosy and low key Cross Keys in Covent Garden.
If you feel like shopping, Liberty opens it’s huge christmas shop already early october and Bloomsbury’s enchanting Dalloway Terrace is transformed into some kind of Narnia winter wonderland, serving hot chocolate coctails and cheese fondue.
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